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Report: Calif. needs to revamp teaching profession

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California needs to overhaul its teaching profession to address a looming shortage of educators as student enrollment is projected to rise, according to a state report released Monday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Republican senators back Democrat in House race in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime House Democrat locked in a close race with another Democrat in California picked up a surprising endorsement Monday: the backing of two Senate Republicans.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Judge refuses to order one-drug executions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge turned down a bid Monday by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Calif. treasurer's wife regains child visitation

SANTA ANA (AP) - The estranged wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer regained visitation rights with her 9-year-old son Monday as she fights methamphetamine possession and child abuse charges filed after police said they found drugs in the home where she was staying.

September 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

PARENTS JAILED FOR SHACKLING TEEN TO CHAIR: TWENTYNINE PALMS (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California couple has been jailed for shackling their teenage son to a chair in the living room each night for about six months.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Air quality bureaucrats failed to alert public to hazards quickly enough

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mistakes were made by air quality officials in notifying the public about potentially dangerous pollution created by a huge fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery last month, regulators said Monday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Crews hopeful as conditions improve on fire

UKIAH (AP) - A red-flag warning was lifted Monday as crews hoped improved conditions would slow a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Driver dies in crash after fleeing Stockton police

STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities say a car speeding away from Stockton police crashed into a utility pole, killing the driver and critically injuring the passenger.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Something really stinks in SoCal

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A strong rotten egg smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous scent was coming from the Salton Sea.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students.

September 10, 2012 | | State


‘Red flag warnings of high winds, low humidity for NorCal fire crews

UKIAH (AP) - A change in the weather was making things more difficult for the thousands of firefighters who were struggling to contain a series of wildfires burning across California, fire officials said Sunday.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Metrolink victims claim inadequate compensation for long-term health care due to federal regulation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As the fourth anniversary of a deadly Metrolink crash approaches, many survivors say a federal liability cap has left them inadequately compensated.

September 10, 2012 | | State


Woman killed, second hurt in sidewalk crash

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - A Southern California woman was killed, a second woman was hospitalized and a Walnut Creek motorist faces charges after a pickup truck jumped a curb and hit the two women on a Walnut Creek sidewalk, police said.

September 10, 2012 | | State


GOP nominee Ryan extols free enterprise in Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan extolled the values of free enterprise and self-determination at a Fresno fundraising dinner Saturday as he swept through California during a western campaign swing.

September 10, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• FIERY CAR CRASH INTO LA PIZZERIA KILLS 3 PEOPLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into a pizzeria in Los Angeles, killing three people and triggering a blaze.

September 10, 2012 | | State


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Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Napa quake damage: $1 billion

NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Rare rains, mud close Burning Man temporarily

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Calls for early-warning system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Wildfire burns near Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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